Tracking and Tracing Tobacco Supply Chain

Expectations of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD)

Low costs of production and high levels of demand make illicit cigarettes one of the world’s most trafficked illegal goods. By May 2019, every business involved in the tobacco supply chain is requested to transform the way they track and report on products.

The Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) sets new expectations for how the supply chain tackles issues of public health and illegal tobacco products.

Whether you’re in distribution, wholesale, retail or logistics, the changes will affect you. In times that fraudulent products are more present than ever before, barcodes could potentially provide more safety in an economic and efficient way. This is why the latest version of DotCode was released by in July 2019.

DotCode is a two-dimensional matrix symbology that is composed of dots that are arranged in a specified rectangular array. One of its major is that the code can be applied at a speed of more than 1,000 codes per second, and less requirement for printed space . This offers potential to other markets such as the beverage, distribution and e-commerce industry.

Hardware Options

  • Generalscan R5520, R5521, 2D ring barcode scanner
  • Data terminals (mobile phones, smart watch)
  • Accessories include hosting armband, wireless charging pad and dockstation, Bluetooth adapter, etc.